The new trinity of Star Wars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens took this epic franchise by storm last December. Breaking box office records left and right and stealing the hearts of many die hard Star Wars fans. In a new video released by the Star Wars YouTube channel this next step in this epic saga has announced that production has started! In the new video we get to see a new side of Luke Skywalker, who fans barely saw leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Right as Rey is handing of Luke’s lightsaber director Rian Johnson yells cut and welcomes the cast and crew to the start of Star Wars: Episode VIII
In the next episode in the Star Wars saga we will see our three new heroes Rey, Finn, and Poe continue their journey as Rey learns from Jedi master Luke Skywalker. Star Wars: Episode VIII started principal photography on February 15th, 2016 at Pinewood Studios in London.
Check out the official press release below
“Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).”
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.